Accept Government Credit Card Purchases to Fast Track Federal Contracting Sales

Big Numbers

Very often we become buried in statistics and very large numbers when talking about government contracting. It is easy to be seduced by the big numbers: Over 500 billion dollars in contracts are awarded last year to small and large businesses throughout the US, some who may provide the exact services or products that you do. For instance, in the case of small businesses nationwide, according to the Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation web site small businesses received over 84 billion dollars in contracts just last year.

Medium Numbers

Further dissection shows that last year, Minority-owned firms won $ 41 billion; Small Disadvantaged Businesses won $ 36 billion; 8 (a) certified firms won $ 26 billion, Women-owned firms won $ 20 billion, HUBZone designated firms won $ 13 billion and Service Disabled Veteran-owned firms won $ 9 billion in contracts. Note that these numbers, when added together, total higher than the $ 84 billion won by all small business. This is due to some contracts may satisfy more than one design, depending on company ownership. For instance, a company may be owned by a woman who is a minority and her business is located in a HUBZone. Her winning contracts could then be countered in all three related categories.

Small Numbers

To bring this a little closer to home, if you look at the average single transaction by 8 (a) firms you will find that it is $ 165,000 per sale in 2007 (the most recent year data at this detailed level is available). Many business people find that it is well worth the time to learn how to be successful in this market if it is possible to average $ 165,000 per transaction. While $ 165,000 seems to be very small when compared to $ 500 billion, it is a very realistic amount. Ten of those contracts equal $ 1.65 million, not a bad start in this market.

Getting Started: Accept Government Credit Cards

One of the quickest ways to enter the government marketplace, or to sell more volume, is to sell your products or services via credit card. The federal government's main credit card purchase system is called GSA SmartPay 2. This program provides charge cards to US government agencies and departments, through master contracts that are negotiated with major national banks. There are currently over 350 agencies and organizations participating in the program spending $ 30 billion annually, through 100 million transactions on over three million cards.

Why Accept Government Charge Cards?

Charge cards enable authorized government employees to make purchases on behalf of the government to support their agency or organization's mission, mostly for small (generally under $ 3,000) work-related purchases, travel expenses, and fuel. While an individual transaction limit may be $ 3,000, do not be misled by that figure. Certain purchasers have authority for much higher purchases – up to $ 25,000 and in certain cases, even up to $ 100,000 per purchase. The federal government started using GSA SmartPay …

DOJ Retaining Its Position on GPS Tracking

In a surprise move on Thursday, the federal government notified an appeals court that it reserves the right to secretly place GPS tracking devices on privately owned vehicles without first obtaining a warrant. Many wonder what the Department of Justice is thinking since the long-anticipated ruling in January by the Supreme Court on just this issue. In January, the Supreme Court Justices rule unanimously in the United States vs. Jones case that the practice of law enforcement placing a GPS tracking device on a vehicle without first obtaining a warrant was unconstitutional and a violation of the Fourth Amendment. In the Fourth Amendment it protects the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures."

According to a Department of Justice spokesperson, "A warrant is not needed for a GPS search, as the Supreme Court did not resolve that question." However, the Department expressed restraint when using these practices. The government made this argument to the 9th Circuit of Appeals, claiming that the Supreme Court intentionally left their language vague as a loophole in the law.

The media has been covering the argument of warrantless GPS tracking as well as other privacy related issues for quite some time. If the reader of this article believes that the government's argument is based solely on physical GPS tracking devices used by law enforcement agencies, you would be wrong as the significance goes much deeper.

Tracking The Average Citizen

Whether you are aware of it or not, the ability to track yourabouts is already in place. Even without GPS tracking technology, your cell phone can be tracked by cellular triangulation where cell towers can roughly pinpoint your location. However, most modern electronics, especially smart phones are equipped with a GPS receiver due to low cost modules and popular applications that help Americans locate services, navigate, etc. Cellular triangulation is inaccurate and unreliable whereas GPS pinpoints your location within a few feet.

Manufacturers of GPS tracking devices design portable and hard-wired devices as a tool that improves business productivity, provides peace of mind for parents of teen drivers and location of elderly parents, as well as the tools for law enforcement investigation. The question of the US government's position should not be whether or not they are protecting the law enforcement agencies use of devices for investigative purposes. The real question lies whether they are setting the stage to separate the existing Supreme Court ruling as specific to law enforcement investigations. Therefore, monitoring mobile devices is not part of the existing law. The government will always have the ability to state that they are monitoring the device, not the individual. This is a slippery slope that most likely leads to the Supreme Court in the future. …

What Are The Causes Of Deflation?

The causes of deflation are linked directly to inflammation and the only cure for inflammation is a deflation. The following is a list of causes of deflation and manifestations of deflation leading up to the GREATER DEPRESSION that started in 2000 and may not end until 2020 (end of the mania).

When seeking the causes of deflation we need to remember that the real cause was credit inflation. Many items on this list are manifestations of the credit bubble popping. What is remarkable is the depth and number of related items on the list.

1. Growth of government at all levels federal, state, county and city. Money sucked away from the market economy to fund inefficient and bloated programs reaches one third of the economy and then causes it to get top heavy and crash.

2. Military waste. Wars and much of the money spent by all the different divisions of our defense departments is beloved down a whole in the ground-never to be seen again. Oil, food, materials, manpower, blood and lives.

3. Governments support of (favorite) industries that would not make it in a free economy. Real estate bubble – unwinding lending practices.

4. Real estate deflation leading to reduced wealth and reduced taxes to government due to lower revenue from both capital gains tax and real estate property taxes. 90% drop by 2018

5. Stock market losses. People feel poorer so the do not spend. Pension and retirement accounts lose money on stock and bond investments hurting ability to pay those retiring. 90% drop.

6. High petroleum prices sucking money out of peoples pockets that could have gone to purchasing goods and services in the market. We are all on an oil food chain using dead dinosaur deposits for our energy instead of whale blubber like we we used to. Money sent to foreign entities that in some cases is used to pay for attacks on us. Inefficient gas guzzling autos, appliances, lighting and phantom loads on TVs, computers, microwaves etc. Heat rises right? Why is the working parts of refrigerators underneath the area meant to be cooled. Heat rises up through the whole refrigerator or freezer box. A waste of trillions of dollars in oil all these years.

7. Job losses – high unemployment means less money is around to buy goods and services. Causes businesses to layoff more workers in a vicious cycle snowball effect.

8. Collectibles, antiques, art and possessions in general losing value. Lower prices when people try to sell. They feel less wealthy and can not buy as many necessities. There will be many bargains in all kinds of property and possessions at the bottom as people sell assets to stay alive

9. Credit tightens up. Bank and lenders fears lead to strict standards. Low interest rates are a sign money is on sale. It is a sign of weak demand and deflation. 10.The internet. Lower cost of doing business online means it is easier to start a business. Business and jobs …

Is America a Democracy?

A nubile young woman entered a bar wearing very suggestive clothing, leaving little to the imagination. More than one young man offered her money for her services. She was quite offended and protected her due to the bartender. He explained to her that if she were wearing a policeman's uniform, it would be logical to assume that she was a cop, even though she was not. However, that night she was wearing the "uniform" of a hooker, and should not take offense when mistaken for one.

Benjamin Franklin said, "Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often." My own variation on that phrase is, "If you want to know what's important to people, do not listen to what they say, only watch what they do."

The united States of America was organized as a Constitutional Republic. But the American Federal Government is not now, and has not been for at least 150 years, a constitutional republic. And, contrary to what I hear most politicians, news reporters and school teachers say, it's not a true democracy, either. To know what political form the government of the early 21st century has taken, we must look at its "uniform" … what it's actually doing in real time.

And what of that American Constitution? I have long wondered how all three branches of the Federal Government continue to operate without consideration of the strictures of the Constitution. Then I read Lysander Spooner's booklet entitled "No Treason," written in the late 1800s, making the irrefutable argument that the Constitution never had ANY power, and is neither law nor legal contract between any parties.

It all made sense. The elected class knew what I had just just discovered. They knew that the Constitution was a dead letter … a meaningless document with no legally binding power. It served, and still serves, as an icon, but an icon that has been swept clean of all original meaning.

So what is it?

It's not a Constitutional Republic. That form of government is based upon a separation of powers between the three branches of government, and was abandoned no later than 1865. In a republic, citizens elect representatives who receive delegated powers from those very citizens. Today's elected officeholder thinks himself a leader, not an employee, and ignores the citizens' desires … until re-election.

The federal government is not a democracy, because it has not yet degenerated into mob rule.

It's not a true monarchy with only a King and no Parliament.

It's not a dictatorship, but it's close. Dictators can be elected into an office and then take over power from the rest of the government. Look at Hugo Chavez inVenezuela.

Is it Fascism? The American Heritage Dictionary defines fascism as "a system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terrorism and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism." I do not think that the American government has an overt policy of …

Problems In Managing Government Publications In Academic Libraries In Sierra Leone

INTRODUCTION

In Sierra Leone the terms ‘official publications’, official documents’, and ‘public documents’ are synonymous with government publications. Government publications, simply put, are documents created by government and local and quasi-government bodies explaining and integrating views and polices. They represent the historical and current development authorities of government and provide data on a wide variety of subjects to include Political Science, Economics, Finance, Statistics, Labor, Industry, History, International Relations, Agriculture, Geology and Meteorology. Katz (1997) classed these publications into: (1) records of government administration (2).research documents for specialists including a considerable number of statistics and data of value to science and business (3).popular sources of information. Their physical form being either a book, pamphlet, magazine, report monograph or electronic, especially CD-ROM (p.387).

Bibliographic control in many parts of the world is seemingly unsatisfactory due largely to lack of awareness of the importance of bibliographic tools in research in government publications. The United States of America, for example, was for a long time a pioneer in this field. As far back as 1895 the Printing Act of January 12 of that year (28 statute, 601-624) not only established centralized printing and distribution of federal documents but also instructed the Superintendent of Documents to provide appropriate tools for bibliographic control of the documents published. Great Britain is an outstanding exception for as far back as 1807 collections of parliamentary papers were printed. Countries such as Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Germany and Japan began separating government document bibliographies mainly in the 1920s and 1930s (Palic,1975). However a great need for the use of government publications was felt following World War 11 (1939-1945), when there was an increased interest in the authoritative information contained in such publications as posited by child’s (1942) in his introductory notes that ‘more and more the importance of government documentation is being recognized despite the refractory nature of some of these materials’

In parallel the emphasis made on the usefulness of government publications in Sierra Leone is associated with the development of printing which can be traced as far back as the founding of the Colony of Sierra Leone in 1787. Although the industry didn’t survive the French attack of 1794 the foundation stone of what later became known as the Government Printing Department was laid in 1925 when it was charged with the production of small notices for official use. Currently the Department prints all government publications and supplies stationery and office equipment of government departments. It also undertakes a fair amount of commercial printing as income generating measures.

Government publications usually have the advantage of being among the best in their subject fields often not easily available to others (Smith, 1993). In lieu of the extent and complexity of government activities there is a need for the widespread dissemination of information about these activities and for popular integration of government policy. No wonder why government publications have special value to academic library collections and their authority is permanent. In academic libraries in Sierra Leone these publications are put …

The Man That Went Up A Mountain; And Slid Down A Chasam!

Jesus Christ has come! ……………….. and as he has many names, or so the WORD says; There is a new one found for him!

George Bush is the Christ incarnate!

I doubted this crud. But if you look between the heads of this day, you will see a large community- "church" -brown-shirt-brainwashing "center.

Did I tell you that this world is coming to an end? Right now, you are telling yourself that this article belongs to the Religious category. Nay! It does not! Because this affects Politics!

Yep, politics, as practiced in this country, is about to be hit by a "conservative" Republican "element bent upon stopping you foolish people (citizens all) that still think you have" rights ".

You do not have the right to assemble! Peaceably or otherwise. You do not have the right to any Religion, save one, that is; The

Church of George Bush? !!

I know this is crazy. However, I am mentally "disabled"! That might make me an expert !? If you really think about this new "movement" you will realize its importance and its import.

How can Bush be involved in this? He is not! Not that I know of. HOWEVER! (You knew there would be a "however" did not ya? 🙂 George Bush is seeking after a reason to; As we call it here in Texas; Go "Whole-hog". And that is off to a good start in this country. There is a "need" to keep us / you safe. And how can you best be safe? By ignoring your rights! Not just the "yelling fire in a theater" type of codicil. But one safe from having any right to even speak!

If you run a stop sign. If you speak out against the Law; Military; Homeland (In) Security; Or even sale or buy, the wrong thing; You area a "terrorist"! As defined now by the United States Government! You can be arrested, and tried, in SECRET! I am not kidding

You here! This is a tragicy brewing for us / you here in America. But what would George Bush have to do with such incredibly stupid and unconventional activity? He foisted it! He supported it! He got angry with the Senate and House whenever they did not give him more control, but passed this "limited" "Bill" of fare! He wanted more restrictions, not this limited scope that we have to live (or die) under!

I am not trying to convince anyone, really. If you love ole 'George, that is your business, not mine! He is to be respected and protected, as the President of the United States! I am a patriot, after all. And foremost! Come to think about it. But, even Mr Ex-President Nixon could not get away with this! He did, however, help set all this up. Along with a gaggle of the former Presidents, who all are embarrassingly culpable, this present one has taken more of your Constitutional Rights away from any other!

You might say "Yeah, but we …

Why Parents Should Monitor Their Children Online

However, this problem will not simply be solved by the passing of policy. Parents need to play a bigger role in the over site of their children. After all, technology is moving faster than any government agency would ever hope to and there are no signs of this changing. If parents monitor their children while using the internet, it can help to prevent a child from wondering too far from the good resources on the internet.

The adolescents of today are the first generation to be raised in a world where computers are a common entity in classrooms and homes. This is a big change to generations prior where technology did not overlap into all areas of our lives. In addition to the tremendous benefits that technology offers, including access to information and educational resources, the increased immersion of students into a digital age has also contributed to the evolution of new participants in and witnesses to the emergence of social problems in the cyber world (Berson, Berson, & Ferron, 2002).

The internet is accessible and popular among youth, no one questions this. What is alarming is that evidence is suggesting that people often make online choices that are contrary to their offline behaviors. This phenomenon has broadened the opportunity to engage in violent and abusive behaviors and has dramatically increased the access of potential offenders to a more expansive pool of victims (Federal Bureau of Investigation; http://www.fbi.gov). For this reason parents are the major factor in how their children behave online. Parents must be aware of the actions their children take online including knowing who their children are talking to and the locations they visit.

This does not however mean that government doesn’t need to take a stand on the cyber violence. Government officials can help eliminate child predators by limiting predator’s access to the internet much in the way they are limited to living in areas where there are no schools. If Government really doesn’t sit down and take a serious look at these issues the problems will simply continue to grow. An area of law enforcement that is showing positive results is the training of agents that monitor internet chat rooms. These agents pretend to be young boys or girls that would make for an easy victim and arrange sting operations to catch predators.

The internet needs to be monitored by law enforcement personnel in order to keep children safe. People that stalk children on the internet need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If these predators are not found and charged with the crime the situation will never improve (Benson, 1996). One way this jurisdictional problem could be solved in the United States would be to prosecute under the federal law that prohibits obscenity or harassment using interstate telecommunications devices. One of the problems with this statute is that it does nothing to help the victim being harassed by an international stalker, especially if that person cannot be identified (Benson, 1996).

This …

Political Economy of India’s Special Economic Zones: a Conceptual Frame Work

 Every country stands for its own development. For this purpose the state introduces and implements new policies and programmes such as Special Economic Zones Act. After 60 years of its independence India with its 110 core population has evolved a new paradigm of its political economy which is confusing. The policies and programmes initiated by Indian government to create a ‘global village’ based on free market economy and free trade among nations cutting across all barriers, abolition of national boundaries and dismantling the nation –state system giving priority to ‘market’ over the ‘state’ . After the enactment of Special Economic Zone Act 2005, it created tremendous effects on political economy of the country.

            The term ‘political economy’ came from the two Greek words ‘Politiko’ and ‘Oikonomia, where ‘Politiko’ stands for the state and society and ‘Oikonomia’means managing the house hold economy. Political economy thus means a study of the state, society and house hold economy. The concept of political economy arose historically as the economic doctrine of a new class – the capitalist class. It has been evolved since the days of Aristotle who gave a model of public good through guaranteeing each person private possession of what he was rationally and morally entitled. Private property was elaborated later by Locke, Adam Smith, Ricardo and the physiocrates, who came to be known as the Laissez Fairists in Economics, or, the liberal democrats in politics. Adam Smith referred to political economy as a branch of the system of civil government. It was concerned with public policy.

            In Marxian view, political economy can be regarded as a subject which studies the social relations evolves between different classes of people in course of production, distribution, exchange and consumption. Political economy belongs to the broad land of economics, which opens on to political science. After a prolonged period of hibernation, the subject has again been resurrected.

Marxist political economy makes a study of how the productive forces are used under the given relations of production taking account of the lines and trends in technical progress; political economy studies the influence of production relations on such progress and its socio economic consequences. Marxist political economy starts from the assumption that human vital activity is objectively based on social material production which includes man’s interactions with the nature and whole range of relations which arise in the process. It has been realized that every political action has its obvious economic repercussion, and every economic action has had its political implications.

 The liberal school of political economy offers economic implications of political facts and factors. The liberal school has economized politics. The liberal system focuses on the atomistic individual as the relevant unit, on the description of economic behavior in terms of subject choices among alternatives, on the notion of social welfare as the maximizations of individual utility sums. The socialist system views the entire economic system as the basic unit, views economic progress in terms of the growth of the forces of production and focuses on …

Geopolitics and the Psychopath

In the aftermath of the Paris massacre I found myself pondering the surreal state of the world and the myriad humanitarian disasters and violations of international law infiltrating the globe. War crimes in Iraq, Gaza, Syria and Libya accompanied by air strikes, bombing raids and regime changes have become routine. The genocide in Yemen, albeit a humanitarian catastrophe, receives little media attention. U.S. led propaganda and harsh sanctions have economically destabilized Venezuela, conceivably as a prelude to invasion. Governmental looting of pensions and savings has begun, devastating retirees and their surviving spouses while corporate moguls earn 380x more than the average wage earner. It has always been this way irrespective of ideology, theology, or philosophy. The brutality of war and suffering are historical realities.

In distress I turn to my chosen field of psychology for answers. I am led to realize that in this geopolitical landscape, driven by the quest for political domination and exploitation of world resources, it is increasingly imperative that the layperson acquires a basic psychological comprehension of human evil, in order for any of this to make a modicum of sense.

Physicist and psychoanalyst Ian Hughes wrote:

A small proportion of people who suffer from psychologically abnormal personalities have, throughout history, had an immeasurable detrimental impact on our societies, our politics and our world. Enabled by their ruthlessness to readily acquire positions of power, they have long dominated the psychologically normal majority of the world’s population.

In Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason philosopher Immanuel Kant makes the claim that evil is innate to the human species. According to Kant, self-conceit is the designated egoistic trait responsible for moral corruption. An extreme propensity for evil has been referred to by psychiatrist Hervey Cleckley, in his seminal book The Mask of Sanity, as a neuropsychiatric defect which fuels the need to destroy. Cleckley’s psychological perspective identifies a measure for evil as psychopathology.

Psychopathy iss a personality disorder characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and disinhibited or bold behavior. They are conscienceless and calculating, and ruthlessly driven to acquire power and control. Psychopaths command compliance and obedience so as to actualize their agendas. Accordingly, they are encouraged by the absence of critical thought, and the reliance on primitive psychological defenses of those they seek to control. Moreover, research using positron emission tomography (PET) indicates that one of the primary causes of psychopathic behavior is believed to be neurological abnormalities in the frontal lobe of the brain.

Cleckley purports that psychopaths present with a visage of normalcy. According to Cleckley the psychopath has the uncanny ability to conceal this ‘neuropsychiatric defect’, stating, “they are disarming not only to those unfamiliar with such patients but often to people who know well from experience their convincing outer aspect of honesty.” We are deceived, even deluded by, the psychopath’s disguise of virtue, his glibness, ostensible calm, status, and charm. The psychopath’s veneer of normality can be so seamless it becomes implausible to consider the malevolence behind the mask, …

The Art of Project Management – Grant Writing Techniques

I often hear people talk about small work tasks, and I am always surprised when people do not talk about the work as being a project. Often a job is simplified and such a simple task referred to as being unworthy of project management. It is not that people are dumb, or people forget why project management is important. It is usually simple wishful thinking. It is wishful, the sunny and fantastic thinking that probably everything will indeed go well. And with everything in this great fantastic universe of wishful thinking, you do not need to work on such boring drudgery … there is no need for writing out tasks, dependencies, and detailing plans in writing. If you are like me, you might offer some advice to the peer … letting them know that indeed this little task is important enough to use that P word. The P word being "project", and that people need to refer to this task as a project, not just a task.

I have recently been part of a few grant writing efforts and grant scoring tasks. Pursuing grants is an art first of all, yet often there is defined tasks that need to be done, and yet it is not treated like a project. Someone working on a grant should have a plan first of all, a program plan. The grant program plan evolves methods and steps that have been proven to work for managing projects. Project management methods and discipline are applied to each grant program.

As work proceeds on a grant pursuit, at some point in time a plan must be created, as there has been definite work applied to the project already and more to come. At this point grants are valued like a business project where deliverables must be met, costs controlled, and attention to quality will be needed to create a successful project. For grants, the plan has more emphasis on solid subject research than a traditional project (and affiliated "project management tasks"). Also, communications with donors and holders is key and must guide the project entirely. Creating a program plan for a grant will often involve more communications tasks than any other task. Agility to change and resourcefulness are givens … the plan must be created in a way that work is only done when the direction of the project is verified.

What are some proven strategies that work for projects? Where do you spend the most time and what sections get the greatest emphasis?

Communications with grants and other knowledge experts is paramount. Constant communications must take place and ENTIRELY guide the process. Assumptions simply CAN NOT be made that what someone wanted a month ago is still true today. The most important part of a project or proposal is that you are answering the questions that they want answered. Or put another way, are you finding a solution in the particular way that they want the problem solved? Often the funding is to be used in …